Your emotions – all of them – are the motivation for everything you think and every action you take.

Understanding your emotions and knowing how to work with them will improve every part of your life!

Welcome to, an educational foundation devoted to bringing powerful emotional awareness and healthy empathy to everyone!

The Emotion Dynamics foundation is based on the work of award-winning author and pioneering researcher Karla McLaren, M.Ed., whose grand unified theory of emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways to self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. This work also encompasses McLaren’s groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, which makes all of the processes in healthy empathy easily understandable, accessible, and attainable.

Your emotions and your empathy are vital to your ability to think, to feel, to learn, to experience the world, to communicate, and to love. You can develop and strengthen your emotional awareness and your healthy empathy — at home, in your relationships, and at work — with the Emotion Dynamics programs below.

Emotion Dynamics Training and Consultation Programs

Dynamic Emotional Integration®

Dynamic Emotional Integration® (also known as DEI) is a leading-edge training program and consultation process to help you develop keen emotional awareness, healthy empathic skills, and emotionally-respectful mindfulness practices. DEI trainings, presentations, and individual consultations are offered by licensed DEI professionals in the United States and internationally.

Healthy Empathy®

Healthy Empathy® helps health and healing professionals develop healthy and sustainable empathy and compassion skills in their practice, in their workplace, and in their lives. Using the groundbreaking Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model, Healthy Empathy makes all of the processes in empathy easily accessible and manageable. This individualized program helps health and healing professionals develop sustainable empathy skills, improve patient/client care outcomes, create a supportive work environment, and nurture themselves with focused self-care practices.

Emotional Dynamics at Work®

Emotional Dynamics at Work® helps individuals, teams, and organizations develop strong emotional skills and effective communication processes that make the workplace actually work. This individualized and responsive program is designed for organizations wanting to enhance – respectfully and sustainably – emotional awareness and healthy empathy in individuals, in work teams, across departments and divisions, and with current and prospective clients.

The Latest News From Emotion Dynamics

DEI begins in October!
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The Self-Care Track begins on Monday, October 8th Your emotions contain vital wisdom and healing powers that aren’t available anywhere else. When you know how to listen to your emotions and work with... Read More

Welcome Flow Into Your Life
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How can I know if I’m done with something or someone forever? What if things change? What if they change? What if I change? The thing about these questions is that by holding... Read More

A Healthy Empathy® retreat at Esalen!
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Healthy Empathy® ~ How to Give Without Giving it All Away Karla McLaren, M.Ed and Tino Plank, MSN, RN August 17th to 19th at Esalen Center in Big Sur, California $420 includes your... Read More